Friday, November 17, 2006

Another Reminder

A deep sense of things being the way they are.”

"…Things are the way they are. Allow them to be exactly the way they are. All the social consciousness stuff, the social, political, economic change-for-the-better stuff… let it go, allow things to be as they are, don’t resist, don’t hold on to your concept of good/bad, right/wrong.

Trust existence. Who is it that thinks she can improve upon existence? This is the thinker, the ego. Much arrogant mischief arises from this thinking. Existence is pure and perfect as it is. First things first.

Find out who you are first, then you will find your way in this world - with grace, with love, with understanding.

Then your eyes are open, you have access to the wisdom and love of the whole, and you will not be moving from ego fixation, from arrogance, aggression, want and fear. Instead you will flow with existence, the Tao. Your actions will be non-action, your doing will be non-doing. You will act in harmony with the whole moment to moment. And in this way, as a non-entity, you will be immensely helpful to others."

taken from a comment by Meredith at The Sound Of Diesel Musing; Meredith is quoting Akilesh

Why do we think circumstances and people
need to change to fit our expectations of reality?

What are we so afraid of?

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Love -The Beatles

"After being asked by the remaining Beatles, Ringo and Paul, along with Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison, to make experimental mixes from their master tapes for a collaboration with Cirque du Soleil, Sir George Martin, The Beatles legendary producer, and his son Giles Martin have been working with the entire archive of Beatles recordings to create LOVE.

The result is an unprecedented approach to the music. Using the master tapes at Abbey Road Studios, Sir George and Giles have created a unique soundscape. The release of this album, which is also featured in the Cirque du Soleil/Apple Corps collaborative production of the same name at The Mirage in Las Vegas, has been much anticipated."
Starpulse News Blog

What a treat to hear some of the new mixes at The Beatle's website, especially a remix of "Strawberry Fields Forever" and George Harrison's acoustic "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" which includes a verse that didn't make it to the White Album:

"I look from the wings at the play you are staging
while my guitar gently weeps,
as I'm sitting here doing nothing but aging
still my guitar gently weeps."

The 5.1 disc is a DVD-Audio/DVD-Video hybrid and is out November 21st.

Monday, November 13, 2006


What Should We Do about that Moon ?

A wine bottle fell from a wagon
and broke open in a field.
That night hundred of beetles and all their cousins
gathered and did some serious binge drinking.

They even found some seed husks nearby
and began to play them like drums and whirl.
This made God very happy.
Then the 'night candle' rose into the sky
and one drunk creature, laying down his instrument
said to his friend - for no apparent reason,
"What should we do about that moon?"
Seems to Hafiz most everyone has laid aside the music
tackling such profoundly useless questions.

From: 'The Gift' translated by Daniel Ladinsky

Thursday, November 09, 2006


I never grow tired of Rumi...

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.
Don't go back to sleep.
You must ask for what you really want.
Don't go back to sleep.
People are going back and forth
across the doorsill where the two worlds touch.
The door is round and open.
Don't go back to sleep.

If your guidance is your ego, don't rely on luck for help.
You sleep during the day and the nights are short.
By the time you wake up your life may be over.

Let the beauty we love be what we do.
Let yourself be silently drawn by the
stronger pull of what you really love.
Become the light.

The minute I heard my first love story
I started looking for you,
not knowing how blind that was.
Lovers don't finally meet somewhere.
They're in each other all along.

Inspired by a visit to The Path, by Kuan Gung

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Go Here Now

One of my cyberfriends, Trev Diesel, has moved his blog, The Sound of Diesel Musing, to a new web address:

Thursday, November 02, 2006


In speaking of goals Steve Pavlina writes, “What determines the goals you set? The answer is your context, which is your full collection of beliefs about reality. You’ll always set goals congruent with your current understanding of the universe.” No argument here, for to me this statement is perfectly understandable and provides some answers for what is unfolding presently in my life.

Sometimes being able to grasp what’s really going on is simply a matter of living long enough: plain and simple. Through experiencing life there comes a point when all we’ve encountered reaches a mystical ‘critical mass’ or point and our eyes open up brighter than ever before. We begin to see clearly how our past shaped today and how our choices today will shape tomorrow. Things begin to make sense in a whole new way.

I’ve always been a firm believer one should always follow one’s bliss, but I couldn’t see clearly where this path would lead, how to stay on the path of my bliss, and the fact that sometimes we must close our eyes and walk in the dark trusting the path will rise up to meet us and never lead us astray. In my heart I’ve always known that music was my path but haven’t always trusted that everything was working congruously after all.

Now, in designing my intentions and in creating the collage I intend to manifest I feel a peace I’ve never experienced before. This peace is saying, “Be still and know.” I know now and yet it’s still all a mystery to me. I’m trusting with my heart instead of my mind.

My goals have all changed. Paradoxically I don’t want the same kind of success I longed for years ago. I know now that as I follow my bliss and stay true to my heart success will meet me halfway and in a way I cannot and should not expect. I am free, however to write any ending I choose knowing all endings are simply beginnings thinly veiled and in disguise. I’m glad it never ends.

“After all these years the warmth and glow of the fireplace in the old country cabin we call home settles our hearts and minds as nothing else can. We stare outside silently, mesmerized as the snow gently cascades onto our valley farmland. The only sounds breaking the stillness are a few notes I strum on the guitar and Cathy’s pen crawling across paper. It’s good we both have something inside us tonight, words and music longing to escape out into the world still.

I look to the mantle above the fireplace that is lined with photographs of our son, our entire family, each one gazing back at us and frozen in time. I love them all and I'm thankful for who they are and the happiness each has found as well as brought to me. I look over at Cathy and she turns her head in my direction to catch me softly smiling. She asks me what I’m thinking. I whisper back, "I love you.”"

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Nothing To Do?

"And the only thing that needs to be seen is that there's nothing to be seen. There's nothing to get. There's nothing to do. Just to be finished with looking anywhere for anything that you think you need. And you are free in this moment to do that. This is perhaps the only choice."

John Sherman

My friend, Dan, has many more wonderful words at his special site. You should check it out...if you're looking for ordinary blissful quotes :)

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